Consumers can rely on the dependability and versatility of alufoil food containers. They combine all the features needed to deliver the consumer fresh, wholesome and quickly accessed baked products to satisfy their demand for quality and value. Bright and reflective, alufoil containers stay in perfect condition throughout processing and marketing. They can be embossed, colour lacquered or printed with brand identity and colours both inside and out.
Alufoil containers withstand the extremes of all types of cooking: grilling, fan and convection oven, barbecue griddle and microwave oven as well as re heating. They are easy to handle, easy to open, easy to use and to dispose of. Adding even more versatility is a range of purpose designed lidding materials – from straightforward foil/board laminates to more sophisticated coated or laminated alufoil lids that can be sealed to the container rim yet peel off easily. Foil’s characteristics satisfy the many demands of chilled or frozen bakery products. Thanks to its ready formability and robustness, aluminium foil can provide a large variety of standard shapes, sizes and smoothwall designs.
Shapes and sizes are available for a huge range of products such as fruit flans, deep apple pies, individual steak and kidney pies or large multi-portion catering desserts.
For larger containers, extra strength can be designed into the walls. By incorporating corrugated sides, the rigidity of the container can be greatly enhanced. Also, there are folded containers specifically for baked products, such as cakes, that need to present an extra-smooth surface when removed from the dish.
The intrinsic ‘deformation memory’ of alufoil provides an added opportunity for branding and information. An embossed recycling logo reminds the customer of the value of the used aluminium container – an environmental pack advantage that can be promoted by brand owners.
The range of lidding options goes from simple fold down rigid foil/board closures to snap-on covers in foil or plastic. Hermetic sealing with transparent films or heat resistant foil membranes is possible with smoothwall trays that have smooth, horizontal rims.
Originally designed for ‘ready meals’, the compartmented alufoil tray has many other uses: a baked pastry or dessert using one compartment with a fruit sauce in the other is just one example.
Rigid alufoil serving trays can be used as support for separate pastries and tarts. They are good looking, re-useable and the ultimate in convenience. Again the potential for embossing and decoration is available.
The smoothwall lends itself to the premium end of the market particularly if the outer surface is coloured or printed. Presentation quality can be greatly enhanced for prestige baked products.
Alufoil containers are in widespread use for many other applications as their combination of properties offer great advantages. Heat processed dairy desserts, pâtés, prepared and oven-ready meat, poultry and fish, ready-to-cook frozen desserts are just some examples.